Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who is in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), hosted the 10th Global Governance Group (3G)[1] Ministerial Meeting over breakfast. During the meeting, the 3G Ministers discussed global developments with the G20 troika (which comprises China, Germany and Argentina). The President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, gave an opening address, underlining the need for the G20 to work closely with the UN. Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jorge Faurie briefed the meeting on Argentina's plans for its upcoming G20 Presidency in 2018, and its continued engagement of the 3G. The 3G meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of several countries, including Panama, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Jamaica, Bahamas and Brunei Darussalam. The meeting adopted a Press Statement, as attached at Annex.

Minister Balakrishnan met with the Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council on Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), as well as the Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Alliance[2]. Minister Balakrishnan also attended the meetings between the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the MERCOSUR countries. In his various meetings, Minister Balakrishnan discussed global developments, and ways to enhance cross-regional trade and investment links.

Minister Balakrishnan deposited Singapore's instrument of ratification for the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Minamata Convention) at the 2017 United Nations Treaty Event. Singapore signed this global pact on curbing mercury pollution and use on 10 October 2013 to demonstrate its commitment to safeguard public health and the environment.

Minister Balakrishnan also held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers from Qatar, Estonia, Iceland, and Mexico at the sidelines of the UNGA to reaffirm our warm relations. During the meetings, Minister Balakrishnan and the leaders discussed regional developments, as well as ways of further strengthening bilateral links. Minister also attended the reception hosted by the Vice-President of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla to mark Indonesia's 72nd Independence Day.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore